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Audi Controlling N24 at Half Distance

Land Audi continues domination of the N24 at half distance…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Audi is controlling the Nürburgring 24 Hours at half distance, with the No. 29 Team Land R8 LMS resuming the lead from the No. 9 WRT entry at the completion of the tenth round of pitstops.   

Despite losing the No. 10 WRT and No. 5 Phoenix entries from contention in separate incidents at Hatzenbach during hour five, Audi is promisingly placed with 12 hours to go, with Kelvin van der Linde setting the fastest lap of the race so far on lap 75.

Robin Frijns is 1 minute and a half behind in second position, with Markus Palttala a further eight seconds back in the third-placed No. 98 ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3.

After a lengthy pitstop to repair a broken headlight, the No. 28 Land Audi has recovered to fourth in the hands of Pierre Kaffer, two minutes and 22 seconds off the lead.  

Augusto Farfus took over the No. 43 Team Schnitzer BMW from Alex Lynn in fifth shortly before the hour mark, just ahead of the No. 50 HTP Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 shared by Maxi Buhk, Dominik Baumann, Edoardo Mortara and Edward Sandstrom.

Twelve cars remain on the lead lap, with the No. 19 Schubert Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 driven by John Edwards occupying the final position. 

Edwards took over the No. 19 car sooner than expected after Tom Onslow-Cole reported one of his contact lenses had fallen out. 

The best non-SP9 class entrant is the No. 704 Traum Motorsport Glickenhaus SCG003, which lost 12 minutes in the garage due to contact in hour three with the No. 3 Black Falcon Mercedes.   

James Newbold (@James_Newbold) is a UK-based freelance motorsport journalist. A graduate of Politics and International Relations, James is also the editor of Autosport Performance.

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